New Zealand's dreams of 2007 World Cup glory turned into a Millennium Stadium quarter-final nightmare - but All Blacks captain Richie McCaw still rates the stadium "one of my favourite places to play rugby."
McCaw was captain on the night two years ago that France won their quarter-final showdown 20-18 in the Welsh capital to send the All Blacks and tournament favourites home early.
But on the eve of leading New Zealand for the 41st time in his 78th Test when Wales and New Zealand collide in the Invesco Perpetual Series opener, McCaw still loves playing at the iconic stadium.
"It is great to be playing with the roof closed as that creates both a great atmosphere and a dry ball," said the flanker.
"It can be extremely noisy but then it is the same for both sides and you just have to do your best to get your messages over to your mates.
"It is certainly one of my favourite places and the guys are excited about playing a game at a hell of a place against a good team.
"Wales traditionally come out with plenty of passion and we will have to meet that and front up."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.